A white yacht anchored in calm seas, the La Pinta cruise ship accommodates 48 guests in 24 cabins with a sophisticated, upscale travel experience to the Galapagos Islands
Sea lions swim in turquoise waters at the Galapagos Islands, as seen from La Pinta cruise ship, a sophisticated, upscale travel experience to the Galapagos Islands
Guests at La Pinta cruise ship disembark from a motored raft for a full-day of wildlife viewing at the Galapagos Islands
A man sits on a white sand beach and holds his hand out toward a sea lion while traveling aboard the La Pinta luxury cruise ship through the Galapagos Islands
A sea lion pup is curled up on a white sand beach in the Galapagos Islands
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La Pinta Galapagos Cruises

The gorgeous 209-foot expedition yacht La Pinta is home away from home during 5- and 7-day La Pinta Galapagos Cruises. Enjoy a sophisticated, upscale travel experience aboard the 48-guest expedition yacht, with 24 cabins known to be some of the largest in the Galapagos. Spacious and family friendly for Galapagos family cruises, La Pinta is the result of generations of experience and thoughtfulness by captains, expedition leaders, hotel managers and guests combined.

She is suited for environmentally friendly operation in the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve and offers an expedition experience that bonds nature and discovery. Enjoy intimate contact with the natural world; a vast ocean to navigate; activities like snorkeling, swimming, whale and dolphin watching; riding in a glass-bottom boat; and full days of wildlife viewing, led by naturalist field experts. In the quiet evenings enjoy being pampered aboard La Pinta, with dinner followed by naturalist lectures, stargazing on the sky deck, reading a book from the library, emailing loved ones with free WiFi or enjoying a cocktail in the lounge. 

La Pinta operates three Galapagos cruise itineraries (two 5-day cruises and one 7-day cruise), which can be combined in various ways to create longer 9-, 11- or 15-day cruises. View the Itinerary for more details, and contact our Galapagos small ship cruise experts for the inside scoop on which route is best for you. AdventureSmith Explorations’ award-winning crew has personal experience sailing in the Galapagos Islands and can recommend the best options to suit your travel interests and timeline.

The 7-day La Pinta Western Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard La Pinta is the perfect balance of iconic Galapagos highlights. Visit Baltra, North Seymour, Fernandina, Isabela, Rabida, Santa Cruz and Floreana Islands. The 5-day La Pinta Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise begins in Baltra, visits South Plaza, Santa Fe, San Cristobal, Espanola and Santa Cruz islands. The 5-day La Pinta Northern Galapagos Islands itinerary sails roundtrip from Baltra and focuses on the islands of Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartolome and Genovesa with highlights like Pinnacle Rock, Prince Philip’s Steps, Darwin Bay and the Santa Cruz Highlands. This northern islands itinerary is a perfect combination of active walks and relaxing shoreline meandering.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Galapagos cruises.



Itinerary

7-Day West Itinerary

The 7-day La Pinta Western Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard the 48-passenger yacht La Pinta is the perfect balance of iconic Galapagos highlights. Visit Baltra, North Seymour, Fernandina, Isabela, Rabida, Santa Cruz and Floreana Islands aboard a yacht perfectly sized for intimacy and activity.

Route map for La Pinta 7-Day West Galapagos Cruise with visits to Baltra, North Seymour, Fernandina, Isabela, Rabida, Santa Cruz and Floreana Islands.
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Day 1
FRI - Embark Baltra to North Seymour

This Galapagos adventure begins with a morning flight to Baltra Island and immediate transfer to the dock to board the yacht La Pinta for an introductory welcome briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment and lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a walk along the coast of North Seymour Island, then to the interior of this beautiful flat island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas. There are also opportunities for coastal exploration by dinghy. In the evening, enjoy a briefing, welcome cocktail and dinner.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SAT - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

Begin today at Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by dinghy, while a naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean, possible snorkeling along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles.

In the afternoon, visit the youngest and most pristine island of the archipelago, Fernandina, an all-time favorite. Explore Punta Espinoza with its amazing combination of barren terrain and abundant wildlife. Highlights include seeing hawks, penguins, flightless cormorants and astounding views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SUN - Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove (Isabela)

After breakfast, disembark at Urbina Bay, on the western side of Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean floor. Observe corals, shells and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, as well as (occasionally) giant tortoises. While the yacht navigates the Bolivar Channel, there are good chances of spotting several species of whales.

This afternoon, enjoy the secluded Tagus Cove on the northwest of Isabela, a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries and now a great visitor site. Snorkel or ride kayaks amid the dramatic landscape then hike uphill to the back of Darwin Crater, which is filled with salt water.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
MON - Rabida & Cerro Dragón (Santa Cruz)

In the morning, disembark at Rabida Island’s red-colored beach. Stroll along the beach and observe marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, while non-snorkelers can ride the glass-bottom boat for an exploration of life underneath the waves.

After lunch, explore the north shore of Santa Cruz, which hosts the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). The walk includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, while farther inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance to observe land iguanas.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
TUE - Darwin Research Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

This morning, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest. These are the Galapagos’s headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. A delicious lunch is served poolside at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.

After lunch, head up to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island by vehicle, a great place to look for the emblematic Darwin’s finches and the endemic scalesia trees. The highlands are also great for exploring the exuberant vegetation where giant tortoises roam in the wild – surely one of the most remembered visits of the whole voyage.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
WED - Post Office Bay, Champion Islet & Punta Cormorant (Floreana)

After breakfast, land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Enjoy a dinghy ride along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore. Take in the views from La Lobería and the Baroness Viewpoint and enjoy great kayaking and swimming from the beach as well.

This afternoon, snorkel or ride in the glass-bottom boat along the coast of an extinct cone called Champion Islet. Later, visit Punta Cormorant, an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, enjoy a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
THU - Disembark Baltra

End at Baltra Island, where you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals; soft drinks (juices and carbonated drinks, not “virgin” cocktails); island sightseeing; naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only; wet suit rental; snorkeling gear; internet (internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the library and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos Islands’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth); luggage handling; medical care on board (excluding cost of medication); taxes and transfers in the islands; shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Mercure, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton; for Casa Gangotena, a further feeder service is provided to/from Hilton Colón, this service does not have additional cost) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos.

Exclusions

Air transportation to/from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice); Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 subject to change without previous notice); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 subject to change without previous notice); fuel surcharges; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages (guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard incur a corkage fee of US $27+taxes); gratuities; laundry; valet service; gifts and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee, and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 100% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. 3 Luxury Cabins are available for single use at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate, based upon availability. Luxury Plus Triple Cabins for double occupancy incur a 50% supplement per person.

Families & Children

Kids 6 years and older are welcomed aboard the yacht La Pinta. Kids under 12 years old at the time of sailing receive 10% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult paying full fare). No child discounts apply on Peak Season dates, when an additional fee of $140 (2020) or $151 (2021) per child is incurred.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered.  The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

5-Day East Itinerary

The 5-day La Pinta Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise begins in Baltra, visits South Plaza, Santa Fe, San Cristobal, Espanola and Santa Cruz islands.

Route map for La Pinta 5-Day East Galapagos Cruise with visits to Baltra,, South Plaza, Santa Fe, San Cristobal, Espanola and Santa Cruz islands.
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Day 1
THU- Embark Baltra to South Plaza

Arrive to Baltra Island on a morning flight and immediate transfer to the dock to board the yacht La Pinta. There is a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment and then lunch. In the afternoon, sail to South Plaza Island, where the turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. A carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-grey land iguanas. Along the coastline, look for sea lion colonies lounging and seabirds playing with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
FRI - Santa Fe & Cerro Colorado Tortoise Habitat (San Cristobal)

This morning, take a dinghy to the idyllic sandy-white beach of Santa Fe Island, populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often observed, perched atop salt bushes. The Santa Fe land iguana, unique to just this island, may be spotted during this morning’s walk. Snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat.

After lunch, disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island’s capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SAT - Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)

Begin today on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island at Punta Pitt, taking a trail that ascends from the beach to spectacular views above the shoreline. Observe frigatebirds and a colony of bachelor sea lions. If conditions are favorable, there is a chance to swim from the beach and snorkel. Following lunch on board, enjoy a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers to Cerro Brujo’s expansive, white coral beach. Enjoy a walk with rewarding bird-watching, featuring seabirds and shore birds. Also, look out for Galapagos sea lions lounging on the same shores Charles Darwin walked in September 1835.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
SUN - Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay (Espanola)

This morning’s outing at Punta Suarez on Espanola Island is an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique seabird colonies, including the waved albatross (April-January), boobies and swallow-tail gulls, as well as the famous “blowhole” lava formation. Keep an eye out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Many regard this site as the best in the Galapagos!

After lunch on board, enjoy a short walk along Gardner Bay, a beautiful, white coral beach, and observe sea lions, mockingbirds and finches, and swim at the beach. There is great snorkeling in this area, or else there’s time to kayak or ride the glass-bottom boat.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
MON - Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz) to Baltra

In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the captive rearing program for the giant tortoises. Witness the efforts and results of Galapagos fieldwork and studies done in the name of science. Transfer via bus across Santa Cruz Island and take a short ferry ride to Baltra. The journey ends at Baltra Island, where you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals; soft drinks (juices and carbonated drinks, not “virgin” cocktails); island sightseeing; naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only; wet suit rental; snorkeling gear; internet (internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the library and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos Islands’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth); luggage handling; medical care on board (excluding cost of medication); taxes and transfers in the islands; shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Mercure, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton; for Casa Gangotena, a further feeder service is provided to/from Hilton Colón, this service does not have additional cost) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos.

Exclusions

Air transportation to/from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice); Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 subject to change without previous notice); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 subject to change without previous notice); fuel surcharges; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages (guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard incur a corkage fee of US $27+taxes); gratuities; laundry; valet service; gifts and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee, and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 100% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. 3 Luxury Cabins are available for single use at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate, based upon availability. Luxury Plus Triple Cabins for double occupancy incur a 50% supplement per person.

Families & Children

Kids 6 years and older are welcomed aboard the yacht La Pinta. Kids under 12 years old at the time of sailing receive 10% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult paying full fare). No child discounts apply on Peak Season dates, when an additional fee of $140 (2020) or $151 (2021) per child is incurred.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered.  The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

5-Day North Itinerary

The 5-day La Pinta Northern Galapagos Islands itinerary sails roundtrip from Baltra and focuses on the islands of Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartolome and Genovesa with highlights like Pinnacle Rock, Prince Philip’s Steps, Darwin Bay and the Santa Cruz Highlands.

Route map for La Pinta 5-Day North Galapagos Cruise with visits to Baltra, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartolome and Genovesa Islands.
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Day 1
MON - Baltra to Tortoise Reserve & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Following a morning arrival at Baltra airport, transfer to the Itabaca Channel for a small ferry ride across the channel to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a bus ride to the highlands to learn about Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Please dress comfortably upon arrival: wear walking shoes, bring sun protection and a small backpack with any essentials for the day. You will be reunited with your luggage in the evening upon embarkation.

After lunch, continue by bus to a reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves and wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. A short bus ride takes you down to Puerto Ayora to board yacht La Pinta.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
TUE - Eden Islet & Chinese Hat (Santa Cruz)

After breakfast, take a panga ride to Eden Islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz to spot blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigatebirds. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, including cinder cones, tuff cones and semi-eroded lava flows.

This afternoon, visit Chinese Hat, the tiny island that gets its name from its appearance. This islet, formed fairly recently, boasts beautiful wildlife viewing along a trail approximately 0.2 miles long, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
WED - Bartolome & Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day is with a steep climb up a wooden staircase—the view from the top is worth the effort! Next, take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkeling. You may also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

After lunch, board the dinghies to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming and snorkeling. A trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
THU - Darwin Bay & Prince Philip's Steps (Genovesa)

In the morning, begin to explore Genovesa Island with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful natural harbor. Those feeling more adventurous may snorkel along the cliffs or paddle sea kayaks.

This afternoon, take an interesting dinghy ride along the cliffs before disembarking for a short but steep climb up a wooden staircase, known as Prince Philip’s Steps. At the top, the land is flat, allowing for a captivating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels and the elusive short-eared owl.

Accommodations

La Pinta

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
FRI - Disembark Baltra

Your journey ends at Baltra Island, where you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals; soft drinks (juices and carbonated drinks, not “virgin” cocktails); island sightseeing; naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only; wet suit rental; snorkeling gear; internet (internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the library and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos Islands’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth); luggage handling; medical care on board (excluding cost of medication); taxes and transfers in the islands; shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Mercure, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton; for Casa Gangotena, a further feeder service is provided to/from Hilton Colón, this service does not have additional cost) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos.

Exclusions

Air transportation to/from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice); Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 subject to change without previous notice); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 subject to change without previous notice); fuel surcharges; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages (guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard incur a corkage fee of US $27+taxes); gratuities; laundry; valet service; gifts and items of a personal nature.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee, and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 100% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. 3 Luxury Cabins are available for single use at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate, based upon availability. Luxury Plus Triple Cabins for double occupancy incur a 50% supplement per person.

Families & Children

Kids 6 years and older are welcomed aboard the yacht La Pinta. Kids under 12 years old at the time of sailing receive 10% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult paying full fare). No child discounts apply on Peak Season dates, when an additional fee of $140 (2020) or $151 (2021) per child is incurred.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered.  The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Galapagos Cruise Rates & Dates

Oct 30 - Nov 05, 2020
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Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2020
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Nov 09 - Nov 13, 2020
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Nov 13 - Nov 19, 2020
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Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2020
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Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2020
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Nov 27 - Dec 03, 2020
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Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2020
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Dec 07 - Dec 11, 2020
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Dec 11 - Dec 17, 2020
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Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2020
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Dec 21 - Dec 25, 2020
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Dec 25 - Dec 31, 2020
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Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2021
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Jan 04 - Jan 08, 2021
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Jan 08 - Jan 14, 2021
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Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2021
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Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2021
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Jan 22 - Jan 28, 2021
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Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2021
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Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2021
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Feb 05 - Feb 11, 2021
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Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2021
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Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2021
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Feb 19 - Feb 25, 2021
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Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2021
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Mar 01 - Mar 05, 2021
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Mar 05 - Mar 11, 2021
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Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2021
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Mar 15 - Mar 19, 2021
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Mar 19 - Mar 25, 2021
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Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2021
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Mar 29 - Apr 02, 2021
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Apr 02 - Apr 08, 2021
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Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2021
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Apr 12 - Apr 16, 2021
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Apr 16 - Apr 22, 2021
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Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2021
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Apr 26 - Apr 30, 2021
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Apr 30 - May 06, 2021
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May 06 - May 10, 2021
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May 10 - May 14, 2021
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May 14 - May 20, 2021
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May 20 - May 24, 2021
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May 24 - May 28, 2021
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May 28 - Jun 03, 2021
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Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2021
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Jun 07 - Jun 11, 2021
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Jun 11 - Jun 17, 2021
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Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2021
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Jun 21 - Jun 24, 2021
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Jun 25 - Jul 01, 2021
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Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2021
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Jul 05 - Jul 09, 2021
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Jul 09 - Jul 15, 2021
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Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2021
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Jul 19 - Jul 23, 2021
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Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2021
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Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2021
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Aug 02 - Aug 06, 2021
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Aug 06 - Aug 12, 2021
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Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2021
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Aug 16 - Aug 20, 2021
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Aug 20 - Aug 26, 2021
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Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2021
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Aug 30 - Sep 03, 2021
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Sep 03 - Sep 09, 2021
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Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2021
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Sep 13 - Sep 17, 2021
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Sep 17 - Sep 23, 2021
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Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2021
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Sep 27 - Oct 01, 2021
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Oct 01 - Oct 07, 2021
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Oct 07 - Oct 11, 2021
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Oct 11 - Oct 15, 2021
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Oct 15 - Oct 21, 2021
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Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2021
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Oct 25 - Oct 29, 2021
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Oct 29 - Nov 04, 2021
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Nov 04 - Nov 08, 2021
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Nov 08 - Nov 12, 2021
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Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2021
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Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2021
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Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2021
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Nov 26 - Dec 02, 2021
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Dec 02 - Dec 06, 2021
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Dec 06 - Dec 10, 2021
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Dec 16 - Dec 20, 2021
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Dec 20 - Dec 24, 2021
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Dec 24 - Dec 30, 2021
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Dec 30 - Jan 03, 2022
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Mid-Sized Cruiser
La Pinta

La Pinta is a gorgeous 209-foot expedition yacht, with capacity for 48 guests. She offers a relaxed yet lavish expedition atmosphere, with large outward-facing cabins and complimentary gear for snorkeling, kayaking and rides in a glass-bottom boat.

Expert Review

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Peter Avedschmidt • December 9th, 2019
Expert Review: La Pinta Galapagos Cruise

This La Pinta Galapagos cruise review recaps an AdventureSmith expert’s time aboard the 48-guest La Pinta expedition ship and his numerous, incredible Galapagos wildlife encounters, from flying flamingos to algae-eating marine iguanas!

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"The Arrangements Were Perfect"

The arrangements were perfect. Not a glitch in the entire nearly two weeks. I am just very happy to have found AdventureSmith.

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"More Than Met Expectations"

Everything more than met expectations - the boat was wonderful, the wildlife was abundant, the naturalists and crew were friendly and knowledgeable, and we saw penguins swimming, calling, and even mating!

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